Gothenburg & West Coast in Sweden has been chosen as one of the top food destinations of 2019 by the National Geographic magazine. The magazine noted, “The gateway to Sweden’s island-strewn west coast, Gothenburg is a buzzing, student-filled city. You’ll find laid-back coffee bars for fika (the caffeine- and pastry-fuelled afternoon pitstop that’s a Scandi obsession), plus plenty of places to indulge in prawn-topped smörgås (open sandwiches) or ambitious creations based on foraged, fished and fermented local produce. In graffitied bars that walk the line between hipster chic and dockside industrial, there are inventive local brews and cocktails, too. Above all, this area is Big Five country. Langoustines, lobsters, oysters, prawns and mussels thrive in the waters around the craggy coast and the thousands of islands to which city residents retreat at weekends.”
Gothenburg aka Göteborg is the second largest city in Sweden, and it is located at the heart of Scandinavian countries with a chequered maritime history. The city has more than half a million population. The city’s cafes, bars and pubs, and restaurants offer a range of cuisines almost unpatrolled in any Nordic or Scandinavian city.
In addition to local food, one can find a restaurant that has offers a specialised cuisine evoking of a country or cuisine. There are restaurants like Schnitzelplats and Tyrollen serving the trademark German dish called schnitzel, Italian cuisine at Buon Cibo, and Indian food at New Delhi or The Elephant.
Gothenburg and West Coast are known for seafood: sill, herring, shellfish, lobster and molluscs. The most popular destinations to find a range of seafood are Saluhallen and Fiskekyrkan in central or in the innercity of Gothenburg.
The other destinations mentioned in the National Geographic’s Issue 4 of National Geographic Traveller Food are: McLaren Vale in Australia, Bologna in Italy, Beirut in Lebanon, Boyne Valley in Ireland, Cusco in Peru, Sonoma County in the USA; San Sebastian in Spain, Western Cape in South Africa, Mendoza in Argentina, Baja California in Mexico, Lyon in France, Zanzibar in Tanzania, Chiang Mai in Thailand, Mysore in India, Chengdu in China, and Galle in Sri Lanka.